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I'm pleased to announce a product that I've been working on for a little bit: Molecules for the iPhone / iPod Touch. Molecules is a free 3-D molecular viewer for Apple's handheld devices which lets you manipulate DNA, proteins, and other biomolecules with your fingers. Using a single finger, you can rotate the molecules, and pinch gestures zoom in and out on the molecule. Moving two fingers at once pans across the molecule.

Read on for more about Molecules, including the story behind its development.

WWDC 2008

I am now back home in Wisconsin after attending the 2008 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. As a first-time attendee, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this ended up being a great experience. From the things I learned, to the people I met, I consider it well worth the price of admission.

Read on for my full impressions of the conference.

I am about to head out to Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. This is my first trip out there and I look forward to filling in the holes in my Cocoa understanding with the sessions, as well as working with Apple engineers to resolve some nagging issues with programs I'm maintaining.

On top of the developer training and interaction, I will have a chance to show off some of the hardware and software design behind SonoPlot's Microplotter robotic fluid handlers (what I do during the day). The control elements of these systems are designed around Apple computers, specifically the Mac Mini and iMac, they use Firewire for video capture from attached CCD cameras that track the dispensing head on the robot, and all control software is written in Cocoa (Leopard-only, due to some specific features used in the implementation). For those in attendance who read this before then, the session is from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM on Wednesday, June 11. Please do stop on by to chat if you are interested.

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